12/29/10

Show-Me Worker-Choice

Dem firewall safeguards forced-labor unionism
A self-proclaimed pro-business state legislature has reignited a 30-year-old issue that pits unions against businesses.

The "right-to-work" proposal would mean that unions could not negotiate contracts that say that all workers must pay for union representation.

State Sen. Luann Ridgeway has filed a bill that would enact the proposal. Under her bill, any existing contracts between unions and businesses would stand, but no such agreements could be made in the future.

That would put Missouri in line with 22 other states, including all the surrounding states except Illinois and Kentucky.

Presumptive Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, has said the proposal will be a priority in the Senate.

But even if it passes through both Republican-led chambers, it could run into opposition from Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon, who has received more than $200,000 in donations from unions in the past few months.
(from news-leader.com)

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